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City of Poets: Four Poetry Titles from L.A. to San Francisco

This week L.A. Letters spotlights four recent poetry books with connections to San Francisco, the Beat Generation, and Surrealism.

About the Author

Third-generation Angeleno Mike "The Poet" Sonksen is a poet, journalist, historian, tour guide, and teacher.
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Two Books: 'Urban Tumbleweed' and 'Never Built Los Angeles'

Two Books: 'Urban Tumbleweed' and 'Never Built Los Angeles'

The common bond between the two books is that they both take place in Los Angeles and offer an alternative vision, pregnant with hope and what really could be.
Poetry in Motion: Los Angeles Street Poets and the 3 Worlds Cafe

Poetry in Motion: Los Angeles Street Poets and the 3 Worlds Cafe

This week L.A. Letters discusses the idea of street poets, two new books and a new venue on L.A.'s historic Central Avenue.
Banned Books Week and the Freedom to Read

Banned Books Week and the Freedom to Read

This week L.A. Letters highlights a few writers, events and organizations on the frontlines, battling censorship and fighting for the freedom to read.
Three Recent L.A. Books and 15 Years of Firecracker

Three Recent L.A. Books and 15 Years of Firecracker

This week L.A. Letters explores three recent L.A. books and pays tribute to 15 years of the seminal music venue, Firecracker.
Visionaries of Long Beach and Venice: LMNO and Evidence

Visionaries of Long Beach and Venice: LMNO and Evidence

This week L.A. Letters takes a look their new album and takes a cruise around Long Beach and Southern California with one of its most prolific hip hop artists of the last generatio ...
Collaboration: Poetry, Theater, and Activism

Collaboration: Poetry, Theater, and Activism

This week L.A. Letters celebrates the spirit of collaboration and a few local ambassadors doing interdisciplinary work uniting poetry, performance, theater, education, and activism ...
Poetry and the Ever Changing Landscape of San Francisco

Poetry and the Ever Changing Landscape of San Francisco

This week L.A. Letters reflects on the ever changing landscape of San Francisco, some different perspectives by several authors, as well as a brief glance at the city's literary tr ...
Iconic Vision: John Parkinson and Angel City Press

Iconic Vision: John Parkinson and Angel City Press

As the vision behind some of L.A.'s most iconic buildings -- City Hall, Union Station, Memorial Coliseum, Bullocks Wilshire -- why isn't he as celebrated as many of his peers?
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